Duklja or Doclea (also Dioclea or Diocleia, Serbian: Duklja/Дукља) was once the principal city of the state of Duklja . The city was situated about three kilometers north from today’s Podgorica, Montenegro's capital.
Duklja was the largest settlement of the Docleatae, an Illyrian tribe. The town was founded in the first decade of the 1st century AD. Doclea was built to conform to the terrain. It was a large town with 8 – 10 thousand inhabitants. The surrounding area had a relatively high population density within a radius of en kilometers due to the city's geographical position, a favorable climate, positive economic conditions and defensive site that were of great importance at that time.
After the administrative division of the Roman Empire in 297, Diocleia became the capital of the newly established province, Prevalis. In the 4th and the 5th centuries, it was taken by the barbarian tribes and went into decline. At the beginning of the 5th century, it was attacked by the Visigoths. Asevere earthquake destroyed it in 518. After rebuiling, the Slavs, rebuiling it in 620, when it finally get better stronger and bigger. Even though Doclea remained the most important city in Duklja, the city was in ruins by the 10th century, because of Albanian invasions. The historical ruins of the town can be seen today.And main destroyers of it were Albanians and Ottomans.
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- History of Podgorica: The town of Duklja, in Montenegrin
- Cultural Heritage of Montenegro - Ancient Doclea at the Wayback Machine
- Location map
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